A newly qualified teacher crossed the stage of her graduation ceremony this week accompanied by 30 pupils from Gladstone Primary Academy..
A special thank you to my daughter Lillie who is here today to celebrate with me. If it were not for her, I would never have made the decision to start my university journey
Aimee Robinson, 34, from Meir was working on placement at the school in Longton when she asked the pupils to draw photos of themselves for her dress which she wore to her graduation ceremony at the Kings Hall, Stoke-on-Trent.
She said: “I showed them the stage that I had to cross to get my certificate and I said to them that because they’d helped me to become a teacher, I wanted them to be part of my graduation. I then set them to work on drawing pictures for my dress.”
Aimee was nominated by her lecturers to give the student vote of thanks and used the occasion to thank the pupils and young people who had been part of her journey.
She said: “I want to say a thank you to the children I have taught whilst on my training journey. As you can see, I have a memento of them here today – they have drawn pictures of themselves on my dress.”
“And a special thank you to my daughter Lillie who is here today to celebrate with me. If it were not for her, I would never have made the decision to start my university journey, she has been an absolute superstar in understanding when I needed time on my laptop to complete assignments.”
Aimee, who has graduated with her PGCE (Primary) has now secured her first job at a Year 2 class teacher working at Belgrave St Bartholomew Academy in Lightwood.
She said: “I have always known I wanted to be a teacher. I just didn’t have the confidence to go for it when I left college all those years ago.”